Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Was Jesus Ever Uncertain?

Paul Miller, in A Praying Life, states that Jesus was the most dependent man who ever lived. He prayed about everything.

This morning my friend Tom Swank suggested that while the disciples struggled with Jesus' deity, we today struggle with his humanity.

What did that humanity entail? I know what it entails--he experienced fatigue and hunger and thirst and difficult people--friend, family, and enemies.

But what about at the emotional level? How did he feel when many of his disciples stopped following him (Jn 6:66)? How did he feel when he was unable to persuade the rich young ruler to sell all and follow him?

And most intriguing to me: did he often experience uncertainty? He prayed all night long before he chose the Twelve. Why? Uncertain who to pick?

He spent much time in prayer. Was he praying for guidance? Did he often wonder what to do next? (That would certainly make his humanity much more accessible to me, but what is the truth in this area?)

We know that he had supernatural knowledge while on earth, but we also know that there were some things he did not know--part of his self-limiting (cf. Mt 24:36).

The various Jesus movies (like Jesus of Nazareth) picture Jesus as always in control, seemingly knowing what was going to happen next. Always certain. But was he often uncertain, and that's one of the reasons why he was so often alone in prayer?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Praise The Lord!

I do not profess to know everything about Jesus. But I do know He knew both sides of his family (His mom's side and his Dad's). He was most certainly "the God-man" and unique to both sides of His family. From His mom's side, Jesus I suspect Jesus would have been much like Adam before he sinned, with His Dad's side of the family that helped Jesus to be conceived that way. Adam was built with all the emotions we have as well as apprehensions Consider: Jn:13:21: "When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me."
Also, He wept at Lazarus' grave and grieved over Jerusalem rejecting Him. He prayed and an angel (from His dad's side) came and encouraged or strengthened Him. Then from His aweful cross, He prayed, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?" Jesus also suffered, being tempted, like we do; yet, He was without sin.
Now Jesus has all power and authority give unto Him. One of our race is now King of the Universe! Jesus never used any miracles for Himself. He may have been an invincible conquerer, but He still had a terrible battle to fight as The Author and Finisher of faith in God, "My God, My God," as we also trust in God through the Holy Spirit. And we trust in Jesus to forgive us our sins for when we fail, as sons of God, and partakers of God's nature as well, unlike Himself. --Ralph